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Regional Technical Meetings

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SPINAP received funding applications from 46 of the 47 eligible countries. The assessments of the applications by SPINAP's programme coordination unit and subsequent deliberations at the inception workshops revealed major differences between the countries in terms of the level of affectedness by HPAI, technical capacity to deal with the effects and approaches to prepare and respond to it.

The level of differences found between the national strategies in the areas of disease surveillance, communications and laboratory diagnosis showed the need for further discussion on common approaches and benchmarks to ensure an effective application of each national strategy.

Workshop dates and venues

Eastern Africa – Kampala Uganda, 13-15 August 2008
Western Africa – Bamako Mali, 16-18 September 2008
Southern Africa – Gaborone Botswana, 2-4 October 2008

Workshop objective

To improve the regional coordination of INAP implementation by bringing together key stakeholders and share ideas and knowledge, harmonize understanding and application of HPAI strategies at national and regional levels.

Specific objectives

  1. Generate common understanding and practical application of key HPAI prevention and control strategies on regional and national basis.
  2. To discuss areas of importance in the control and prevention of HPAI as well as practical challenges that may affect national preparedness and early detection.
  3. Equip the national coordinators with practical knowledge for an effective implementation of the SPINAP programme, including the deployment of communications strategies.
  4. Provide opportunities for improved cross-border sharing and coordination in the management of HPAI.
  5. Provide opportunities to analyze available technical knowledge on the prevention and control of AI and identify critical gaps that need to be addressed at national and regional levels.

Approach

  • Veterinary and other HPAI experts in the region will make presentations on selected themes and facilitate discussions using both plenary and group discussions on selected topics.
  • Countries which face outbreaks share their experience.
  • Documentaries on topical issues such as simulation exercises and diagnosis may be used to initiate discussion and highlight the necessities required for a response.
  • Field trips and visit to production or diagnostic facilities where available in the host countries.

Themes and topics

  • Safe poultry production and policies
  • HPAI epidemiology and surveillance in poultry, wild life and human populations, early detection etc.
  • Laboratory capacity building and diagnosis
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • HPAI communication
  • HPAI training and human capacity development

Participants

  • National SPINAP Coordinators
  • Representativies to the ministries of health in the countries
  • Communication experts
  • Selected international HPAI experts
  • International technical organisations involved in HPAI
  • International cooperating partners